Turkey Standards: Excellence in the Backyard and Exhibition is AHTSI's 3rd conference. It is 7-9 June 2019 and is in conjunction with the Royal Canberra Poultry Show. The brochure containing the program and registration form can be found here and also on our Facebook page.
What is a heritage turkey?
Unlike chickens, ducks and geese, which are made up of a number of different breeds, domestic turkeys comprise but one breed, with a number of varieties. The Australian Poultry Standards (2nd edition) recognises nine varieties. Check the Photo Gallery to identify standard and new/developmental varieties.
A heritage turkey is one which:
1. can mate naturally.
2. is adaptable to variations in its surroundings e.g. food, weather.
3. has a life-span of at least five years.
4. has played a role in the development of the Australian turkey industry.
The Australian Heritage Turkey Society is a not-for-profit association with all monies raised from membership fees and fundraisers being used to further contribute to the goals of the Society e.g. to promote varieties of rare and heritage turkeys in Australia through Show Sponsorship (i.e. sashes/ rosettes and prize money), Website maintenance (i.e. license fees), and Publicity (i.e. flyers, banners, magazine advertisements).
The conference will be a fabulous opportunity to learn from
turkey breeder and judge Megg Miller, a foundation member of the Australian Heritage Turkey
Society Inc, and one of only a couple of accredited turkey judges in Australia.
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